In the late 1970s, legendary Hawaiian big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau lost his life on a then-little-known deep-sea-voyaging canoe named Hokule’a. She was built in the tradition of Polynesian navigation, to charter unknown waters in search of new lands. At only 60 feet long, navigated purely by the stars, she is truly one of a kind.
Aikau’s famous courage inspired an expression used in Hawaii to this day: “Eddie Would Go.” In that spirit, in 2014, Hokule’a embarked on a four-year worldwide voyage around the planet to spark awareness and grow a global movement toward a more sustainable future. The voyage is named Malama Honua, which loosely translates to “to care for our Island Earth.”
To celebrate her arrival in New York City for World Oceans Day with the United Nations, we produced the screening series Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau. Three venues in Brooklyn—Syndicated BK, Nowadays and Videology—came on as partners. Joining us from Hawaii were famed performer Liko Martin and President of the Eddie Aikau Foundation, Eddie’s brother Solomon Aikau. The series brought together Hawaiians, surfers and creatives from the greater NYC community.
Funds raised were donated in support of the Worldwide Voyage.